embargo (n.)

"order forbidding ships from certain other nations from entering or leaving a nation's ports," 1590s, from Spanish embargo "seizure, arrest; embargo," noun of action from embargar "restrain, impede, arrest, embargo," from Vulgar Latin *imbarricare, from assimilated form of in- "into, upon" (from PIE root *en "in") + *barra (see bar (n.1)). As a verb, from 1640s. Related: Embargoed.

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